How to choose a London & Surrey Wedding Photographer
How to choose a London & Surrey Wedding Photographer, as a London & Surrey Wedding Photographer, I am always asked by couples what they should consider when choosing a wedding photographer. So, I thought I would write a short list of helpful hints and tips to help make the process a little easier.
Some of my favourite venues are:
- Gate Street Barn – Surrey
- Nonsuch Mansion – Surrey
- Twickenham Rugby Stadium – Middlesex
- The Asylum & Maverick Projects – London
- The Gardens – Yalding
- South Farm – Cambridge
- Lillibrooke Manor – Maidenhead
- Coltsfoot Country Retreat – Hertfordshire
- Cain Manor – Surrey
- Great Fosters – Egham
First things first, do your research about the style of photography you like. Do you like vibrant photos? Documentary style? Staged shots? Soft focus? Then start to look for photographers that have that style. When you find some that you like, take your time and look through their website and social media, and if you can, at least two full wedding galleries. If you like what you see then get in touch with them.
2. Talk to each other
Always always ALWAYS meet or speak to your photographer before booking, get to know each other. The better the bond, the better the photos. You will be much more relaxed in front of the camera and the results will show that! You will spend a significant amount of time both before and on your wedding day with your photographer (and so will your guests) so it is important you feel that they will be a good fit.
A brilliant way to connect with each other and your photographer before the wedding day is through an engagement shoot or pre-wedding session. I personally love these sessions; there is no pressure, it is relaxed and you get some photos before the wedding.
3. Cost Vs Budget
Try not to book purely on cost. Of course we understand that weddings are expensive and that everyone has a budget – but if you find a photographer that you like and they are offering what you need, they will be worth every single penny.
4. Book Early
Photographers are often one or two people operations, so if you want them (so will everyone else), book early to avoid being disappointed. It is perfectly normal for a photographer to be booked 12-18 months in advance; they will have been at wedding shows and of course, be recommended by previous couples.
Dont be shy, Just Ask
Whoever you choose will have been to many many weddings and seen a lot of great stuff… and a lot of things go wrong. Ask for their advice on other suppliers and the timings of the day. If the photos are important, allow time in the day for them to happen.
Tell your photographer about the day – what you have planned – and keep them up to date with changes to timings, locations or any individual photos you would like. Think before giving your photographer a big list of photos. Are you hiring them to capture moments and the day for you, or do want them to be checking the list all day to make sure they captured the shoes, cake, and fairy lights properly?
6. Look After your
Photogr a pher(s)
Last but not least! Photographers get hungry too… keep them fuelled and on their
Check out some more frequently asked questions on my FAQ page here
Take a look at a Pre -Wedding, Engagement session here
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